Dem pollster: Party can win economic fight if it's on wages

Democracy Corps managing director Nancy Zdunkewicz says Democrats should make their economic messaging ahead of November's midterm elections about stagnant wages. 

"I think that people are also, at the same time as they're able to admit that there are more jobs available in their area, [they're] equally likely or more likely to say that those jobs just don't pay what they used to, and that's a real problem," Zdunkewicz told Hill TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

Zdunkewicz said Democrats shouldn't keep arguing that strong jobs growth under President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE is just something he inherited from former President Obama.

Instead, she says, they should focus on the middle class and poor voters who are continuing to struggle despite the economy's gains.

"This is such a problem for Democrats. We should not be trying to own the economy under Obama any more than we're trying to take credit for the one that Donald Trump has right now because it's an economy where people are really struggling with the cost of living," she said. 

While the U.S. added 213,000 jobs last month, wage growth is still moving at a slow pace. 

Average hourly pay has only increased 2.7 percent in June from the year before. 

— Julia Manchester